May 12, 2020

How to Keep Your Kids Engaged This Summer

With each passing day we get closer to summer. For kids, it means a blissful two-month vacation and time spent in the backyard. For parents, it means spending more time as a family and learning how to keep your kids' education going throughout the summer months. If you're stuck for ideas, here are a few ways you can help keep your kids' minds fully engaged this summer.

Encourage Creative Writing

Writing essays over the summer is no fun for your kids. Then again, you can't just let your children go all summer without practicing some of their writing skills. This is especially important for children who are just beginning to grasp writing comprehensively. The good news is that it doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, you can fit it right into your summer recreation schedule! Say you're one of the 87 million people who participate in recreational boating. Before or after you've taken your family boat out for the day, ask your kids to write you a story about your family boat. Just make sure they both have a pencil, paper, and the means to draw as many pictures to illustrate the story as they want. You just might be surprised at how easily activities like this can foster a love of writing for fun.

Mar 27, 2020

4 Simple Ways To Empower Your Kids

4 simple ways to empower your kids

Parenting is tough, and there are always plenty of outside opinions from others on how to be the best possible parent. The fact is that recommended parenting styles have changed a lot over time. Where decades ago people really felt as if being a strict, rigid parent was the best tactic, now we know that there are serious problems that come with this approach.

Children can have permanent emotional issues when their parents raise them in a distant manner, valuing perfection over embracing who the kids really are as people.

Mar 26, 2020

How to Keep Your Kids Entertained While You're Working from Home

Parents have to deal with many unexpected things with raising a child. It’s part of the job. Despite that, you probably didn’t expect to deal with schools suddenly closing for the year and a government order to primarily stay inside. In these challenging times, you can try new and interesting ways to not only keep your child entertained but also help them practice some academic skills. Use this list of activities to help keep your child occupied during this time.

1. Play-Doh

Play-Doh is a simple and easy way to get your child doing a hands-on activity where they can use their imagination. You might not usually allow your children to use Play-Doh in the house, but given the need for entertainment options, perhaps this time can be an exception. Set your children up in an area of your home where there’s as little furniture or other items around in your home that you don’t want Play-Doh to get on. You could also place some sheets on the floor to keep it from getting on your carpet. You can enjoy the creations your child puts together, and even show them what you can make with Play-Doh. You and your children can easily stay at a distance from each other while enjoying this activity.

Mar 13, 2020

Your Sherpa Your Guide To Teaching Children About Money

At first, I told people my mission was to help them become financially literate. Eventually, I realized that merely mentioning the term ‘financial literacy’ can put people to sleep, as they perceive it to be tedious, academic, and all about math.  It then became clear that my true mission is to show people that financial literacy is a means to an end, a tool, to achieve better life outcomes. Don’t we all want better life outcomes? like the independence and freedom to enjoy and care for our kids, not to be dependent on our kids when we are old, to be able to give to others, and in general be able to take control of our lives so that we can unlock our potential.

Another realization I had was the importance of delivering age-specific messages:

For a very young audience it is best to motivate them to want to save money by showing them how money can grow.

For a high school student, the message needs to be clear that they are making huge life decisions, even at this seemingly young age, such as choosing an initial career path and selecting a college.  Many of their peers are making purely emotional decisions and choosing colleges they can’t afford and careers they are not passionate about or do not generate the earning power needed to pay off college debt.

Feb 24, 2020

How Does Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Benefit My Family?

You’ve heard about AD And D insurance and it sounds like a good idea, but how exactly does it work and how do you know if you need it? Here’s a quick guide, based on a conversation with busy Philadelphia life insurance attorney Chad Boonswang, Esq.
What is AD And D Insurance?

Feb 20, 2020

The Dangers of Screen Time and How You Can Keep Kids Active

During the winter months, it can be difficult to find ways to limit screen time for kids. With most outdoor activities off the list and limited space indoors, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of letting kids watch TV or play online games for most of the day; however, this increase in screen time can end up becoming habit-forming, quickly escalating to additional screen time during the summer months as well. While we often hear about the negative impact that screen time can have on young children, it’s important to understand the dangers and address how we can prevent it.

The Long-Term Impact of Screen Time

In recent years, many studies have been conducted to better understand the consequences of media usage in childhood development and the results have so far been concerning. In the United States, nearly one in every 12 children between the ages of three and 17 has some type of disorder relating to speech, voice, and language development.
While these disorders can be linked to specific learning disorders, research has also found a correlation between screen time and language delay. Dr. Catherine Birken, a pediatrician and scientist in Toronto, assessed multiple children from 2011 to 2015 to gauge how screen time was impacting normal development. Her team discovered that children who used handheld devices for more than 28 minutes every day showed a significant delay in expressive speech. She concluded that for every additional 30 minutes a child is exposed to screen time there was a 49% increase in the risk of speech delay.

Feb 14, 2020

We Are Excited To Share With You A New Book Collaboration; Women On Purpose

We are truly honored to be a part of such a wonderful book collaboration with so many inspirational women! Being able to share our stories has been enriching and a little scary. We are vulnerable and share things we haven't shared very often. Enjoy the read and be sure to leave your review on Amazon! Thanks for the support. Energetic Blessings, Carol and Stacy

Have you gone through periods in your life where everyone else seemed to be way more aligned to their purpose than you?

Many of us feel behind on our life’s mission. Our highest calling can often feel right at our fingertips, yet slightly out of reach. 

Feb 13, 2020

12 Things To Do When a Loved One Passes

Losing a loved one is tough, really tough. If you have recently lost someone and that's what has brought you to this article, we want you to know we are truly sorry for your loss. Having gone through loss ourselves we know all the ups and downs and emotions involved. Losing anyone is never easy. Since we are familiar with all the emotions and processes that are a part of going through loss, when Veronica approached us about creating a checklist we thought it was a good idea. We also would like to say, we look at death as an expansion of our true-selves. We fully believe in being able to connect with other people in their physical form or when they are just in spirit form through thought to thought, frequency to frequency. May you hang onto your precious memories and watch for a sign! 🐦 Energetic Blessings, Stacy and Carol

Are you wondering what to do when a loved one dies? Hopefully, you have discussed end-of-life arrangements with your loved ones and know what their wishes are. It is easier for everyone if you have. But whether you have or not, these twelve things should be done in this order:

1.) Have Your Loved One Pronounced Dead.
This seems like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised at how awkward and painful this can be under certain circumstances.

If end-of-life plans were not discussed with the decedent, tragic events can follow.  For example, in a case where the decedent’s children did not know what the decedent intended, and the decedent was attended only by a nurse’s aide at her natural death at home, the police have to be called. At that point, resuscitation attempts might be employed, and the police could even try to investigate into the cause of death as if anyone there was implicated!

Jan 21, 2020

Let's Talk About Nutrition

Since we were little children we've all heard that the importance of eating a healthy diet and proper nutrition. 

We can speak from experience, what you eat and put into your body matters.

We  recommend taking the time to learn about eating healthy, how certain foods affect you physically and emotionally.

Nov 25, 2019

PARENTS: Make Sure Your Kids Are Ready to Fight the Flu!

Parents -- it's time. Though it's always time to make sure your children are as healthy as possible, it's currently time to an easily-spread, horrible respiratory infection: the flu.
According to a National Health Interview Survey, influenza alone is responsible for 200 million days of diminished productivity and 75 million days of work absence. Everyone can suffer from this virus -- especially kids.

There are more than 3 million flu cases per year in the United States. This infection attacks the lungs, nose, and throat and can be particularly damaging to children since their immune systems are not as strong as healthy adults.

Nov 7, 2019

5 Benefits Of Booking A Fall Family Camping Trip

When you think of camping as a family, chances are you immediately think of the summertime. But camping during the summer can be just as uncomfortable as it is fun. The sun is hot, the air is sticky, and mosquitoes won't leave you alone.

With fall gradually coming to an end and winter right around the corner, now is one of the best times to book your last family camping trip. If you're unsure whether camping during this season is a good idea for your kids, here are five benefits of camping during the fall:

Nov 1, 2019

3 Ways To Manage Your Family's Stress During The Holidays

The holiday season is around the corner, and for many of us, the holidays can bring an increased sense of family responsibility and stress. It's easy to feel overwhelmed when advertisements sing about the joys of the season while we're struggling to budget for gifts, food, and travel.
To help you avoid turning to unhealthy stress management behaviors like overindulging in sugar cookies, here are a few ways you can manage holiday stress as a family this year.

Don't try to please everyone

According to Dr. Susan Newman, a social psychology professor at Rutgers University, one of the biggest causes of stress during the holiday season is having unrealistic expectations.
Some parents want to be sure their children get everything they want so there will be no tears," said Newman. "This is an unrealistic goal. Parents, especially with younger kids get lost in the hype."
Manage your expectations and don't try to please everyone. You can't keep everyone happy all the time. Remember that your kids will enjoy and remember the little things like playing hide and seek with their cousins or board games with you.